Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
In the end the inside half alignment produces a result. Or benefit if you will. Do we quantify that benefit for our students, or offer it through guided discovery, or problem solving?
My racer kids would just do the drill but many of my level 8 adult clients expect a workshop approach where we experiment and they draw their own conclusion. I would love to read how you guys would describe what it would do for them. They are competent in most situations, so a couple of different benefits might come up as feedback as they describe what they experienced.
Care to share what you feel are the most likely feedbacks they might offer?
I don't think the racer kidz should "just do the drill" - it has to connect to and merge into their skiing
But, there are two major things your students should be able to report, as soon as they get past "this is crazy - it feels bad":
1. they're more forward than otherwise: easier to engage the tips and carve especially if there's any ice in sight
2. easier to tip the inside ski more, and in fact, both skis more - don't forget to get them to flex first: if they have long legs when pulling back, they'll do it from the hips and screw everything up.
3. But, how about you ask them to see if it feels easier to create counter-action (keep shoulders facing down the hill) and balance throughout the turn, when they make the conscious effort to pull on the thing versus not at all? Does pushing it forward instead make them feel out of balance and the turns feel less "crisp" ?
Again, note that if they have any kind of shuffling or hip dumping tendencies in their skiing, they'll feel like with this new movement pattern, in the beginning.